The salty dogs chase their tales: Preparations

Well it was fast approaching the time of departure for the SCTA World Finals at Bonneville and as usual things weren’t quite in as good order as hoped.  With the “new” Triumph came increased space demands in the trailer, not only because the bike was a lot longer, but there was a starter cart housing two large batteries involved as well.

WJ’s trailer so kindly lent us for the first outing was going to be too small and even if all the stuff would fit in it, dramatically overloaded.  So thus began the trailer shuffle.  As most of you know that have followed the travails of recent years we are a bit shorter on space than in the past.  I have to keep the big trailer at my house (the neighbor’s just love that) and there is no room to keep it here.  A quick sale of the old trailer (an open flatbed) allowed the space to keep one, but now to find the proper unit.  We looked around and realized that for the half-ton vehicles we all owned, an aluminum trailer was a highly desired specification.  A minimum length of 16 feet, a ramp rear door and 6000 pounds of capacity would serve well as the rest of the qualifications.  After looking at all the local dealers we found one series if trailers that looked right.  They were a bit more than originally budgeted, but offered all of the desirable traits.

Then along comes Craigslist.  Fred saw a Wells Cargo in northern Illinois that, while not aluminum framed, would do very well for our uses.  The pictures looked good, a shiny black with aluminum wheels, ramp door, removable wheel chocks and a neat well in the middle of the trailer to carry tiedowns and whatever.  I called and asked about it and he said that yes it was still available and to come and see it.  Well four hours later there I was looking at a rat.  Two tires were gone, the frame rusting out in back and all the door hardware nearly worn off (yes, off) the trailer.  Come to find out the guy kept the photos from when he bought it five years ago and used them on Craigslist.  Great recycling, eh?  I made him an offer on it as it was rebuildable and when he declined I hopped in the truck and got out of there before either he or myself could change our minds.

The next day we went to the original dealer and struck a deal on a new Legend trailer.  I have never owned a new trailer, but considering that we were going to basically load up and leave it seemed the best way to go.  The V-nose was supposed to give back 2 to 3 miles per gallon and we installed flat-floor wheel chocks and a complete covering of

E-Track with a compliment of clips, straps, cups and such.  If you have never used E-track, it is like having Spiderman secure your stuff because you can attach it to the walls, floor, and even the ceiling if you were so inclined.  I recommend it for any trailer application!

Loading a new trailer is always a treat, especially for a 24 hour drive over the mountains as nothing can touch anything else or there will be pieces and rub marks all over.  Bob and Louie helped along with Nick, Jim, and the rest of the crew.  True to form, the owner of the property around us called the police on us as we were loading the trailer on a Saturday morning.  It made absolutely no sense, as we have been loading trailers here for over thirty years up until now with no problems. This added an extra dimension of fun as the bikes had to be loaded in and everything loaded in around them, and then the trailer moved to finish packing.  Customers need not worry as they aren’t there long enough to count.

Next time: the drive, the salt, the tech inspection.

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